Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: children’s book, humor
Release Date: October 1, 1988
Length: 233 pages
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
What made me get it and thoughts on the cover
What — It was supposed to be another book that I read out loud to my little brother but he got bored after 10 pages so I read it by myself to see if it’s the same as the movie which was one of my favorites as a child.
The cover — Matilda looking so happy surrounded with books, gotta love it.
You can’t be a bookworm and not know about Matilda, sure, my first introduction to this lovely character was from the movie but at least I knew her.
I was immediately drawn to this small little creature who’s devouring one big book after the other, being lost in well known novels. She’s so so young so it was fun to see her read all those book and actually believe it.
We get to see this small little protagonist go through different phases in the book.
First, with her discovery of reading and obsession with going to the library then we get to see her exacting her revenge on her horrible parents (parents who don’t deserve to be called mom and dad) which was fun to see her having the time of her life pranking them and then acting all innocent afterwards. Then we get to see Matilda go to school and meeting her new teacher – Miss Honey who immediately discovered that her new student is a gem. Later we get to see her encounters with the awful principal from which a special power of Matilda’s is discovered. Lastly, she bonds with her teacher and is able to use her powder to move things with her mind to scare the principal out of her wits which liberates the teacher and enables her to adopt Matilda.
So yeah, a child who’s not even 6 years went through all that!!
I’m glad that Roald Dahl was the one to write such a strong female character, especially since I’ve noticed that in his other books he usually makes the the female characters stupid and useless (i.e. Esio Trot). So far I’ve read three of his books that are centered around girls (Matilda, The Magic Finger, and The BFG).
A lovely tale revolving such a cute and strong girl accompanied with amazing illustrations. 5/5 stars
It was pleasant to take a hot drink up to her room and have it beside her as she sat in her silent room reading in the empty house in the afternoons. The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.